Little Known Turkey Facts

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. And with that, I bring you some little know turkey facts.

* Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird of the United States instead of the bald eagle.

* Male wild turkeys act much the same as peacocks when it comes to finding a mate; they puff up and spread their tail feathers to attract females.

* Turkey eggs are tan with specks of brown on them. The eggs take only a month to hatch and when they do, the poults (baby turkeys) stay with their mother for up to a year.

* The skin on the head and throat of a turkey can range in color from gray to a bright red depending upon the level of excitement or stress in the situation.

* The skin that hangs from the turkey’s throat is called a caruncle.

* Turkeys can have heart attacks and can drown if it’s raining and they look up.

* A wild turkey’s field of vision is about 270 degrees.

* Turkeys can run up to 20 miles an hour with short flight bursts up to 55 miles per hour.

* Only male Turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking sound.

* The biggest turkey ever raised weighed a whopping 86 pounds!

* Adult turkeys have about 5,000 feathers.

* Turkeys have full color vision.

* Wild turkeys inhabit every state but Alaska.

* A male turkeys gobble can be heard for up to one mile away.

* Over 45 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving.

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